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LETTER: A letter to my Republican legislators

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To the Editor:

This is a letter to my dear Republican friends who are serving in the SD legislature:

Please leave the initiated measure process alone! Having led two successful petition drives in Sioux Falls, I can tell you first hand that it is a huge undertaking for a grassroots campaign. It is working just fine the way it is. It is a valuable tool that the citizens can use to inject their voices into the process. It also serves as a "checks and balance" mechanism against bad legislation. To think that just because we are elected, that we make the best decisions at all times is arrogant, elitist and an abuse of power. This multifaceted effort to stifle citizen involvement and strengthen the agenda of the "Power Machine" in Pierre is an assault on the good people of this state.

The energy coming out of Pierre this year is very concerning to me and to many of the good citizens of South Dakota. Please leave the initiated petitioning process alone.

Theresa Stehly

Sioux Falls At-large city councilor

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